Orchards - 'Young'
Hotly tipped math-pop quartet Orchards’ newest single ‘Young’ sees them engaging in nostalgia whilst firmly pushing the band forward ahead of their appearance at SXSW this month. Hints of Paramore’s more recent ‘Hard Times’ era pop inclinations merge with early Foals-esque twiddling mathy guitars to craft a radio ready indie pop banger with the enviable ability to satisfy both pop and rock fans alike.
It’s a very tightly constructed track, as proved by the amazingly aesthetically pleasing waveform on Soundcloud (so smooth, so regular, so satisfying). According to vocalist Lucy Evers, the recording process caused the band to look at “how we could knock our songwriting and musicianship up a gear” and it really shows. It takes a lot of effort to make something sound this easy, a spoken word section can be vomit inducing if not done properly (soz All Saints but you know what you did) and Evers successfully makes it bolster the song rather than detract.
The song documents that unhealthy yet oh so tempting urge to return to old relationships that didn’t work and live in the glow of the good times in spite of being aware of the fundamental cracks in the foundations. Evers invites her ex-lover to “meet me in the same place, the same place that we did, when we were young”, imbuing a rose-tinted nostalgia of their past even though she’s aware that “if you scratch the surface there’s water underneath, we’re sinking”.
With support from tastemakers like Huw Stephens and appearances at New Colossus and SXSW imminent, it feels like this is Orchards’ time. If their next releases are as strong as ‘Young’ then they’ll be in the prime position to go stratospheric.
Words by Hattie Long
ORCHARDS 2019 UK Headline Tour Dates:
7th - 10th March - New York City, NY - New Colossus Festival (US)
11th - 17th March - Austin, TX - SXSW (US)
26th March - Nottingham - The Bodega (UK)
27th March - Manchester - Jimmy’s (UK)
28th March - Glasgow - The Garage (UK)
29th March - Sheffield - Record Junkee (UK)
30th March - Cardiff - Clwb Ifor Bach (UK)
31st March - Birmingham - The Sunflower Lounge (UK)
2nd April - Bristol - Crofters Rights (UK)
3rd April - London - Camden Assembly (UK) *SOLD OUT*